Coach Flo's Tigers Invited to WNIT

The Auburn women's basketball team has received a postseason tournament bid.

Auburn, Ala.--For a second consecutive season the Auburn women's basketball team has received a bid to compete in the WNIT. The Tigers will play host to a first round game vs. Furman on Thursday evening at Auburn Arena.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CDT. Tickets are $10 for reserved seats, $7 for general admission and $5 for students/youth.

The winner of the game between the Tigers and Furman (18-12) will advance to a second round contest against the winner of Old Dominion vs. Navy.

Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy's Tigers, who have a 17-14 record, are one of 64 teams in the WNIT field. Last year the Tigers advanced to the quarter-finals of the event with victories over UAB, Western Kentucky and Tulane before losing to Drexel to finish the season with a 19-15 record.

The Tigers are led by All-SEC guard Tyrese Tanner, who is averaging 17.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Junior guard Hasina Muhammad is an All-SEC Defensive Team pick and guard Brandy Montgomery, who is averaging 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds, is an All-SEC Freshman Team member.

Tyrese Tanner

"With such a young team it's always great to get into postseason play and stay active," Williams-Flournoy said. "No one wants to end their season so soon. Everyone wants to be playing at this time whether it's in the NCAA Tournament or the WNIT. It's another opportunity to win a championship.

"I thought our fans did a great job coming out and supporting us in the WNIT last year and we need them again," the coach added. "It's a great opportunity for our ladies to play in the postseason, and a great opportunity for our fans to continue to watch basketball."

The Tigers had hopes of making the NCAA Tournament field, but those chances were damaged by late season losses at home to Missouri and at Ole Miss to drop their SEC record to 7-9. Coach Flo's team features six freshmen on its roster.

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